A note from Tanya...

The Chamber of Commerce (or board of trade)...as defined by Wikipedia is a form of business network, e.g., a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community.  Now this may make sense in the technical sense of the term but what does it really mean to you?  Before you answer this question, take the time to really think about what the Chamber and your membership can do for each other.  As a team, the Chamber of Commerce and your business can and should advocate for each other.  So in short...let's do this! Let's work together to buld our relationship and make it stronger than ever.  The Chamber always welcomes your suggestions, concerns, and of course all of your creative ideas!

October Power Breakfast

Greetings from the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce!  The October Power Breakfast, which will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014 is sure to be very interesting to those of us with school aged children and those of us who are wondering what will our schools teach these children that will help me and my business in the future.  If you are asking yourself these questions, do not miss this power breakfast.  Technology is definitely in our present and our future.  The Jackson County School Board has taken great strides to make sure that they stay on top of the techno trend.  Please join us Friday, October 3rd at the Jackson County Agricultural Complex on Pennsylvania Avenue at 6:45 to find out what our students are learning!


Save the Date for this Friday, April 4, 2014. The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its monthly Power Breakfast beginning at 7:00 am at the Conference Center on Penn Avenue.  The Program will begin at 7:30 am with Key Note Speaker Chris Hart, President/CEO of Career Source Florida.  The topic this month is Education and Developing Tomorrow’s Talent Pool.  The presentation will focus on meeting the future job needs in Florida.  Feel free to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 850-482-8060 for information.

More About Chris:
Chris Hart IV is President/CEO of CareerSource Florida, the nonprofit, public-private workforce investment board led by business and charged with developing strategies and policies for Florida's
workforce system. In this role, Hart is at the center of efforts to ensure the state has the talent needed to strengthen the global competitiveness of Florida businesses while also assisting Floridians with enhancing their skills to enter, remain and advance in the workforce. Florida is currently ranked No. 4 nationally by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation for its talent pipeline, recognizing the efficiency of the state education system
as well as the workforce system’s job-placement performance.

Hart has served as the Interim Director of the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED) as the Governor’s lead economic development advisor.  In June 2010, Hart was appointed by the Governor as Chairman of the Governor’s Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force. He most recently served as the Chairman of the state’s Employer-Sponsored Benefits Study Task Force.

Prior to becoming Workforce Florida’s leader, Hart was the Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Investor Relations for Enterprise Florida Inc., the public-private partnership responsible for leading Florida’s statewide economic development efforts. Previously, he was a co-founder of Classified Technologies Group, a classified advertising sales and software company, and also served two terms in the Florida House of Representatives where he was the Chairman of the Information Technology Committee. Hart currently serves on the boards of the Florida Chamber
Foundation, the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, the Florida Research Consortium and Tallahassee Area YoungLife. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University where he majored in Political Science.

Hart and his wife Amy have two children and live in Tallahassee where they are members of St. Peter’s Anglican Church.



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